Epiphytic Bromeliads

  • J. A. C. Smith
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 76)


After the Orchidaceae, the Bromeiiaceae tie with the Araceae as the secondlargest family of epiphytic vascular plants (Kress 1986, and see Chap. 9; Gentry and Dodson 1987). The Flora Neotropica currently lists a total of 2088 species for the Bromeiiaceae (Smith and Downs 1974, 1977, 1979), but there is little doubt that the true number is nearer 2500 (Benzing 1980). Approximately half of these species are epiphytic, although this is still a factor of ten fewer than the total number of epiphytic orchids (Chap. 9).


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  1. 1.Department of BotanyUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK

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